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Special Guardianship – a Poor Relation to Adoption?

New Year Resolution for Adopters – Make a Will!

Grandmother Wins Fight to Care for Her Grandchildren

The Adoption Legal Centre Sponsors National Adoption Conference

North Yorkshire Adopters Successful Challenge for Adoption Allowance

Huddersfield Family Lawyer Shortlisted for Family Law Partner of the Year 2015

Ridley & Hall Celebrates Double Accreditation

New Kinship Care Research Shows Potentially Disastrous Effects of Tax Credit and Welfare Reform

Working Grandparents to Share Parental Leave and Pay

A Decision to Shock Local Authorities and Adopters!

Family Carers Win Battle for Unpaid Foster Allowance Fees

Nigel Priestley Achieves Charity Financial Target

Yorkshire Couple Celebrate Record Payment for Care of their Grandchildren

Huddersfield Family Lawyer Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Ridley & Hall’s Nigel Priestley Shortlisted for Family Law Awards!

Lancashire Foster Carer Wins Bitter Adoption Battle

Ridley & Hall Runners Boost Children’s Charities

Nigel Priestley Is Taking Part in Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k

The Harsh Reality for Some Parents who Adopt Children from Care

Derby City Council Pay Struggling Grandfather £16,500 in Back Dated Payments

Dispelling the Myth of ‘Private Arrangements’

Adoption Rates in Freefall after Court Ruling Leaves Children Languishing in Unsuitable Homes

Adoption Support Fund Made Available From Today

The Challenge of Violent Adopted Children and Adoption Breakdown and Care Courts

Chesterfield Carer Settles Court Challenge with Derbyshire County Council

Essex County Council Ordered to Pay £14,000 Adopters Legal Costs – Judge Says They Acted Unreasonably

Huddersfield Woman Stacey Lawson and Partner Win Custody Battle from Other Side of World

Court Settlement to Support Twice Winning Kinship Carer

Victory in the High Court for Grandparent Carers

Adoption – How far will Local Authorities go?

Nigel Priestley Writes for The Guardian!


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Nigel Priestley

Senior Partner – Community Care

Nigel Priestley is the Senior Partner of Ridley & Hall. He is a member of the Children’s Panel and regularly represents children and parents in care proceedings.

He has won the Law Society Highly Commended Solicitor of the Year as well as being shortlisted in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2008. He was named as the Winner of  the Solicitor of the Year (private practice) in the National Law Society Excellence Awards for 2010.

More recently, Nigel won the Legal Champion of the Year Award at the Kinship Care Awards 2013 and was shortlisted for the Family Law Partner of the Year at the Family Law Awards 2015.

He has taken the lead in bringing Judicial Review proceedings on behalf of children placed with Kinship Carers. These actions are to ensure that local authorities fulfill their legal obligations towards Family and Friends Carers and the children who are living with them.

He has been involved in landmark decisions as a result of Judicial Reviews he has brought. These include a successful challenge against Kirklees when they were paying Special Guardianship Allowance at 2/3 the Fostering Allowance. In another case the Court of Appeal set out when children living with grandparent carers should be regarded as ‘looked after’ children.

He represents children, parents and grandparents in care proceedings. He has been involved in cases in the High Court which have been reported in the legal press including a foreign adoption and the making of Wardship Orders in care proceedings where the children suffered serious global developmental delay.

Nigel is a trustee of the Family Rights Group. He works closely with the Grandparents Association and Grandparents Plus and many support organisations. Over £750,000 has been paid to carers in respect of back paid Fostering Allowances as a result of actions in which Nigel has been involved.

Nigel has spoken at conferences organised by the Grandparents Association, BAAF and Grandparents Plus. He is acknowledged as one of the leading experts on the law regarding support for grandparent and kinship carers

Nigel is concerned about the support given to adopters. He is a member of Adoption UK and advises adopters facing post adoption support challenges as to their rights.

Nigel helped set up the unique Twinning Link between Huddersfield Law Society and the Uganda Law Society in 2002. The link has provided legal resources and training for Ugandan lawyers. He is a lay reader.

He is a grandfather himself and understands the pressures on grandparent carers!